All about Couture Weddings and Event Artistry.
Someone recently asked me which wedding venue was my favorite place to film? Hum… that’s a tough one. My answer just might be, “The one I haven’t filmed yet”! Because the new places just sing out to me and all of the moments are pure inspiration.
The St. Regis Resort and Spa in Deer Valley Utah is astonishingly beautiful. Stunning mountains and gorgeous spaces. (I’d like to do my wedding here).
The Four Seasons Resort in Maui is just perfect all the time. Everyone is just so darn happy to be here! The event directors Karen Lincoln and Denise Black are excellent.
Saddlerock Ranch Vineyard in Malibu is over-the-top rustic elegance. Check out Ashley’s video.
The California Club downtown Los Angeles is super cool and urban chic. And those skyline views at night, wow!
Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes has that amazing ceremony site on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Heaven.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Beverly Hills Hotel
Bacara in Santa Barbara
San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito
The Biltmore Four Seasons
Firestone Vineyards ~ Santa Barbara Wine Country
Shutters on the Beach
Bel-Air Bay Club
Oviatt downtown L.A.
El Encanto Santa Barbara
Oh, those 5 diamond resorts!!!
Part 2 coming soon.
Let me share a little secret with you… some of these top venues have very cool unknown spots that are a bit off their regular wedding grid. Smaller weddings of 40 – 70…? Much less than you would think!
Take a break on your day if you need it!
I’ve been shooting weddings for many years now and there is so much to talk about. So I thought I’d start with this sound piece of advise that may help Grooms and Brides remember this is your wedding day.
The Day of your actual wedding is something you have planned for… for a very long time, no doubt. One thing the two of you have not anticipated is that it will be ONE HUGE PHOTO SHOOT… and it may get to be a little daunting. Especially for grooms I think. There are only so many real kisses, but you will be doing it hundreds of times for the cameras.
Here is a TIP
It is your day and you can have it your way. We will understand if you need to take a camera break. In fact, please do. Just say, “guys, we need a ten minute break if that’s okay”. Even if the schedule is demanding, do it anyway. I would. Take a walk, reconnect with your new husband or wife and take this time to get present. Getting in touch with your intention for the day will recharge your energy and spirit. And it will show up in an amazing way in the footage.